Granger Smith aka Earl Dibbles Jr. isn’t your typical country music singer, and he is one heck of an entertainer. If you have seen any Earl Dibbles videos on you tube, or Earl Dibbles Jr. posts on FB, or any of his shows, then you know what I am talking about. He’s definitely creative, original, and he makes his own rules. We love that about him, and apparently so do the people, having over 21 million unique you tube views. Born and raised in Texas, he’s been a singer/songwriter since he was a teenager. He’s been making quite a splash in the country world. I recently had the honor of meeting, and interviewing him, and here’s what he had to say:
Q. Musically speaking, you’ve had a great year. After this tour ends, what’s next for you?
A. The tour kinda never ends. It just goes. I try to write on the road which is hard. It’s kind of a discipline. I’m trying to learn how to write on the road traveling, and record as I go.
Q. How do you do balance life on the road with a family at home?
A. I’m trying to learn. Cause we’ve only been touring crazy for like the last 2 years, so it’s almost like a new thing to be out on the road like every day without coming back. So, I fly in on like a Monday, and fly back out on a Tuesday, but it’s hard. It’s definitely the hardest thing about touring- is the family.
Q. We know from meeting your alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr. that you have a funny, playful side. Can you tell us the funniest prank that you’ve ever played on someone, or that someone has played on you?
A. Yeah, what kind of magazine is this?
Ok, um… Did you see the show?
Well, every night I flip that guitar, and it says D-I-P. It’s just kinda what we do. We played with this band, ‘Weston Burt.’ He was touring with us for 2 weeks. At the end of the 2 weeks, he played a prank. He changed the word. The letters D-I-P to D-I-C-K, and I flipped it in front of a sold out crowd in Illinois. I didn’t know it. He got me good.
Q. Did you get in trouble?
Q. When is the last time you laughed so hard your stomach hurt?
A. You know, making these Earl Dibbles videos, and watching my brothers’ laugh at us trying to make it, is always a stomach-hurting laugh.
Q. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your life?
A. Um, besides getting married? In a good, crazy way. Hmmm, craziest thing… Skydive. I want to do that really bad. You know, the craziest events were when we were touring in Iraq, and bombs are going off, and we were getting in the bunkers. Those events were crazy.
Me: I heard you went to Iraq and did that because you aren’t in the services, but you wanted to give back in some way.
A.That’s right, that’s right.
Me: That’s awesome.
Q. Which song of yours means the most to you, and why?
A. Right now, it’s a song called ‘Bury Me in Blue Jeans.’ It’s a big deal to me just because it talks about who I am, and where I am in my life. When I sing it, it kinda brings home who I am, and that’s important.
Q. What inspires you to write a song?
A. Different things in life. Hearing other people’s stories, relating to my stories, um, hearing a melody I play on the guitar that really inspires me to start a line, and it starts another line, and it starts to build, so several different ways. A lot of it is from life experiences, and having some kind of song title I want to write around.
Q. If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would be doing?
A. If I wasn’t involved in music at all, I would probably say coaching or teaching. Teaching History in high school or coaching football.
Q. Before becoming a musician, did you have any weird jobs?
A. When I was living in Nashville writing songs, I was mowing grass. Every day, I was mowing grass, and doing lawns. In the winter, I was landscaping, and in the summer, mowing grass.
Q. You signed your first music contract when you were only 19, and been very successful since. To whom or what do you contribute your success?
A. My parents encouraged me always. Mom and Dad always encouraged me to follow music and do what I loved. They never hindered me in that way. They never told me to go get a ‘real’ job. They just always said to keep doing what you love, and I owe so much to that concept, and want to do that with my own kids.
Q. Do you have any advice for future aspiring musicians?
A. Write songs as much as you can. Play as many different instruments as you can, and learn them. Record yourself with some kind of computer recording and then listen to yourself over, and over. Hear what you don’t like, and try to do better to what you like.
Q. Who would you most like to work with one day?
A. George Strait, but he plays his last show tomorrow.
Q. Where is your favorite place to eat in Nashville?
A. Loveless Café.
Q. Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
A. Without the fans, I don’t exist. I don’t have a job. It’s the most important thing we deal with every day. So, we’ll do anything for ‘em. Hang out as long as we can. As soon as they stop coming, we don’t make money anymore, and we’re done. So, I owe everything to fans.
Q. What is the best advice you can give?
A. Have integrity in life. Be honest with people. Don’t screw ‘em around. Tell them what you mean, and be a man of integrity.
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